The committee also considered external factors outlined in Chapter 3 in scoring for program relevance and program impact.


Score for Relevance

On the basis of information provided by NIOSH and others and its own experience and expertise, the committee assessed the degree to which the AFF Program has led and carried out research most relevant to improvements in workplace protection in agriculture, forestry, and fishing. The committee converted that assessment into a score of 4 for relevance, based on a 5-point scale described in the Framework Document (Box 10-1).

The committee arrived at this score for the program as a whole after considerable deliberation. As one would expect for any research program as diverse as the AFF Program, the research carried out in some subprograms was more relevant than in others, as shown in the detailed evaluations presented in Chapters 4-9. In addition, the rating scale for relevance provided in Box 10-1 required the committee to consider more than one characteristic of relevance (e.g., priority of research, level of engagement in transfer activities), and the committee’s evaluation of these different characteristics did not always fit neatly into a single score. For example,

BOX 10-1

Scale for Rating Program Relevance



Research is in highest-priority subject areas and highly relevant to improvements in workplace protection; research results in, and NIOSH is engaged in, transfer activities at a significant level (highest rating).



Research is in high-priority subject area and adequately connected to improvements in workplace protection; research results in, and NIOSH is engaged in, transfer activities.



Research focuses on lesser priorities and is loosely or only indirectly connected to workplace protection; NIOSH is not significantly involved in transfer activities.



Research program is not well integrated or well focused on priorities and is not clearly connected to workplace protection and inadequately connected to transfer activities.



Research in the research program is an ad hoc collection of projects, is not integrated into a program, and is not likely to improve workplace safety or health.

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